Friday, October 28, 2011

Comment period extended: Child Labor Regulations, Orders and Statements of Interpretation; Child Labor Violations—Civil Money Penalties

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Wage and Hour Division
29 CFR Parts 570 and 579
RIN: 1235-AA06
Child Labor Regulations, Orders and Statements of Interpretation; Child Labor
Violations—Civil Money Penalties
AGENCY: Wage and Hour Division.
ACTION: Notice and Extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: This document extends the period for filing written comments for an
additional 30 days on the proposed revisions to the child labor regulations published on
September 2, 2011. The Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is taking this action
in order to provide interested parties additional time to submit comments.
DATES: The agency must receive comments on or before December 1, 2011. The
period for public comments, which was to close on November 1, 2011, will be extended
to December 1, 2011.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 1235-AA06, by either one
of the following methods:
Electronic comments: through the Federal eRulemaking Portal:
http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200
Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210.
Instructions: Please submit one copy of your comments by only one method. All
submissions received must include the agency name (Wage and Hour Division) and
Regulatory Information Number identified above for this rulemaking (1235-AA06). All
comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov,
including any personal information provided. Consequently, prior to including any
individual’s personal information such as Social Security Number, home address,
telephone number, e-mail addresses and medical data in a comment, the Department
urges commenters carefully to consider that their submissions are a matter of public
record and will be publicly accessible on the Internet. It is the commenter’s
responsibility to safeguard his or her information. Because we continue to experience
delays in receiving mail in the Washington, DC area, commenters are strongly
encouraged to transmit their comments electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal
at http://www.regulations.gov or to submit them by mail early. For additional
information on submitting comments and the rulemaking process, see the “Public
Participation” heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this
document.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments
received, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Arthur M. Kerschner, Jr., Division of
Enforcement Policy and Procedures, Branch of Child Labor and Special Employment,
Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3510, 200 Constitution
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-0072 (this is not a toll free
number). Copies of this notice of proposed rulemaking may be obtained in alternative
formats (Large Print, Braille, Audio Tape, or Disc), upon request, by calling (202) 693-
0023. TTY/TDD callers may dial toll-free (877) 889-5627 to obtain information or
request materials in alternative formats.
Questions of interpretation and/or enforcement of regulations issued by this
agency or referenced in this notice may be directed to the nearest Wage and Hour
Division District Office. Locate the nearest office by calling the Wage and Hour
Division’s toll-free help line at (866) 4US-WAGE ((866) 487-9243) between 8 a.m. and
5 p.m. in your local time zone, or log onto the Wage and Hour Division’s Web site for a
nationwide listing of Wage and Hour District and Area Offices at:
http://www.dol.gov/whd/america2.htm.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. Electronic Access and Filing Comments
Public Participation: This notice of proposed rulemaking is available through the
Federal Register and the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. You may also access this
document via the Department’s Web site at http://www.dol.gov/federalregister. To
comment electronically on federal rulemakings, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at
http://www.regulations.gov, which will allow you to find, review, and submit comments
on federal documents that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register.
Please identify all comments submitted in electronic form by the RIN docket number
(1235-AA06). Because of delays in receiving mail in the Washington, DC area,
commenters should transmit their comments electronically via the Federal eRulemaking
Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, or submit them by mail early to ensure timely
receipt prior to the close of the comment period. Submit one copy of your comments by
only one method.
II. Request for Comment
The Department is proposing to revise the child labor regulations issued pursuant
to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which set forth the criteria for the permissible
employment of minors under 18 years of age in agricultural and nonagricultural
occupations. The proposal would implement specific recommendations made by the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, increase parity between the
agricultural and nonagricultural child labor provisions, and also address other areas that
can be improved, which were identified by the Department’s own enforcement actions.
The proposed agricultural revisions would impact only hired farm workers and in no way
compromise the statutory child labor parental exemption involving children working on
farms owned or operated by their parents.
In addition, the Department proposes to revise the exemptions which permit the
employment of 14- and 15-year-olds to perform certain agricultural tasks that would
otherwise be prohibited to that age group after they have successfully completed certain
specified training.
The Department is also proposing to revise subpart G of the child labor
regulations to incorporate all the regulatory changes to the agricultural child labor
provisions made since that subpart was last revised. Finally, the Department is proposing
to revise its civil money penalty regulations to incorporate into the regulations the
processes the Department follows when determining both whether to assess a child labor
civil money penalty and the amount of that penalty.
In the Federal Register of September 2, 2011 (76 FR 54836), the Department of
Labor published a proposed notice of rulemaking requesting public comments on
proposed revisions to the child labor regulations issued pursuant to the Fair Labor
Standards Act, which set forth the criteria for the permissible employment of minors
under 18 years of age in agricultural and nonagricultural occupations. Interested parties
were requested to submit comments on or before November 1, 2011.
The Department has received requests to extend the period for filing public
comments from members of Congress and various agricultural business organizations,
including, but not limited to: American Sheep Industry Association; National Cattlemen’s
Beef Association; National Pork Producers Council; National Turkey Federation;
California Farm Bureau Federation; National Association of State Departments of
Agriculture; National Association of Agricultural Employers; National FFA
Organization; and the American Farm Bureau Federation. Because of the interest that
has been expressed in this matter, the Department has decided to extend the period for
submitting public comment for 30 additional days.
Dated: October 26, 2011
Nancy J. Leppink
Deputy Administrator, Wage and Hour Division
BILLING CODE 4510-27-P
[FR Doc. 2011-28075 Filed 10/28/2011 at 8:45 am; Publication Date: 10/31/2011]

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